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Heli-Expo 2019: MD Helicopters enters FARA fray with Swift

5th March 2019 - 23:35 GMT | by Tim Martin in Atlanta


MD Helicopters (MDHI) is the latest industry participant to confirm it has submitted a proposal for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme as Lynn Tilton, company CEO, revealed a 200kt demonstrator known as Swift will compete for the tender.

The demonstrator concept will be an iteration of the light utility 969 design complete with a composite airframe, a wing, NOTAR anti-torque system, new fans and thrusters with Tilton mentioning that MDHI has been working with Pratt and Whitney on the engine, while mission equipment has yet to be confirmed.

She also explained that a nine …

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